Nov 18, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said today it is running confirmatory tests on a possible new case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease. The first BSE case spurred the USDA to expand its BSE surveillance program starting in June. The new possible case was one of the high-risk animals targeted in the surveillance program, said Andrea Morgan, associate deputy administrator for veterinary services in the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. She spoke at a morning news conference, a transcript of which was published online. In late June the USDA reported inconclusive results on single BSE screening tests on two different cows. Further testing ruled out the disease in both cases, but the initial test results shook the beef industry. As a result, in August the USDA set a policy whereby it will make no announcement until two BSE screening tests on the same animal are inconclusive. Two rapid screening tests on a cow were inconclusive, prompting the USDA to begin confirmatory tests, which will take 4 to 7 days, officials said in a statement. The carcass was kept out of the food and animal feed chains, the agency said. It did not reveal where the cow came from or where it was initially tested. USDA news briefing transcript Morgan said today that after one test was inconclusive, “We allowed the submitting laboratory to rerun the test, and they got yet another indication on the rerun of an inconclusive.” The result was reported early this morning, she said. Morgan said the USDA “remains confident in the safety of the US beef supply.” After the first BSE case was found, the agency banned nonambulatory (“downer”) cattle and high-risk cattle tissues, called specified-risk materials (SRMs), from the human food chain. SRMs include the skull, brain, spinal cord, vertebral column, and certain nerve bundles from cattle older than 30 months, plus the tonsils and small intestine of cattle of all ages. Morgan said the SRM ban would protect the public if another BSE case is confirmed. The USDA says it has tested more than 113,000 cattle since June 1 in its expanded BSE surveillance program. The program mainly targets animals considered to be at increased risk for BSE, including those that can’t walk, die on farms, are injured, or show signs of neurologic disease. Up to 12 labs around the country have been authorized to conduct the rapid BSE screening tests. If the case is confirmed, it would be the nation’s second. The first case, detected last December in a cow in Washington state, prompted dozens of countries to stop importing US beef. The Bush administration recently announced a tentative agreement with Japan on conditions for reopening the Japanese market to American beef. “The inconclusive result does not mean we have found another case of BSE in this country,” Morgan stated. “Inconclusive results are a normal component of screening tests, which are designed to be extremely sensitive so that they will detect any samples that could possibly be positive.” Aug 9 CIDRAP News story on USDA policy on reporting BSE test resultshttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/other/bse/news/august0904bse.html USDA news release on inconclusive test Tissue samples from the cow have been sent to the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, for confirmatory tests, Morgan said. “If the test comes back positive for BSE we will then be providing additional information about the animal and its origin,” she stated. See also:
Guests can travel to Lošinj by return flights from Zagreb three times a week, and from Venice and Lugano, Switzerland twice a week. Arriving on the island of Losinj from Zagreb takes less than an hour, more precisely only 50 minutes. He can board a plane in Zagreb on Friday morning and return from Lošinj on Sunday or Tuesday in the afternoon. It is a continuation of a great collaboration that started last year, and which proved to be a complete success. Airline flights have thus become the easiest way to get to the island of Losinj, domestic and foreign guests, but also contributed to better transport connections between the island of Losinj and the mainland, which will benefit all residents of the island of Losinj. Hotel Bellevue, Mali Losinj Better transport connections and easier communication of the island with the mainland is one of the strategic goals of the Lošinj-based Jadranka Group, which has been actively working in recent years to position Lošinj and the entire Cres-Lošinj archipelago on the tourist map of this Mediterranean. The planned reconstruction and expansion of Mali Lošinj Airport will also contribute to the realization of these goals, which in the future will enable easier access to the destination for all visitors, because then aircraft with a capacity of up to 180 passengers will be able to land on Lošinj. “The continuation of organized flights to the island of Lošinj is a logical sequence of activities that we carry out with the aim of developing this unique island, its tourist offer and positioning as an unavoidable tourist destination. A kind of isolation of the island of Lošinj is also its advantage. The untouched nature and the atmosphere that Lošinj exudes offer a unique and complete vacation, and thanks to these flights, coming to Lošinj and enjoying its charms has never been easier and faster.”Said the member of the Management Board of the Jadranka Group, Goran Filipović. The Lošinj hotel brand Lošinj Hotels & Villas organizes direct return flights from Zagreb, Venice and Lugano to its guests from 15 June to 28 September in cooperation with the Czech airline Silver Air.
GUYANA’s sole professional cyclist, Geron Williams, returned a time of one hour 16 minutes 16 seconds in winning the feature 35-lap race of the Hassan Mohamed-organized Hand-in-Hand sponsored 11-race cycling programme which was staged in the National Park yesterday.Williams’ performance is nothing better than a well calculated one as he along with second, third and fourth place finishers, Christopher Griffith, Raynauth Jeffrey and Kemuel Mosses broke from a pack of about 20 riders after the completion of 20 laps and they were never caught again, increasing the lead after the sudden break with every lap.With six laps remaining in the event, the quartet increased their lead from 125 metres to almost 800 metres with two laps remaining, with Jeffrey holding the lead. However, with one lap remaining, Williams broke to the front.With 200 metres remaining for the finish, Griffith jumped the pack and Williams responded, holding the lead to win by a length from Griffith, while Jeffrey had to settle for third and Moses fourth.Paul DeNobrega outsprinted Alonzo Ambrose to take fifth.The prime prizes were shared between DeNobrega who won two, Jeffrey two, Griffith two, Briton John one and Shaquel Agard one.In the juvenile category, Marcus Keiler placed third behind Briton John and Niguel Dugid, respectively, in the 10-lap event.The Mountain Bike five-lap race was won by Shane Bourne. Second was John Christian.In the veterans’ categories, Kennard Lovell was first in the over-50 years of age group, while Shameer Baksh placed second and Monty Parris third.In the under-50 years of age race over the same five-lap distance, Warren McKay was first, Junior Niles second and Leer Nunes thirdJohn Niles won the three-lap race for BMX boys 9-12 years old ahead of Michael McKay and Marian McKay respectively.Tarran Garbarran was the winner of the boys and girls 12-14 years three-lap BMX race.The presentation of prizes to the respective winners were done by Shafeena Juman who is the Marketing Coordinator of Hand-in-Hand Insurance Company.Ms. Juman thanked the participants for participating in the event and committed her company’s continued support for the event and other sporting activities that will keep the country’s youth occupied.